The Protectors

From the Series Night Fall ™

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Luke’s life has never been “normal.” How could it be, with his mother holding séances and his half-crazy stepfather working as Bridgewater’s mortician? But living in a funeral home never bothered Luke. That is, until the night of his mom’s accident.

Sounds of screaming now shatter Luke’s dreams. And his stepfather is acting even stranger. When bodies in the funeral home start delivering messages to Luke, he is certain that he’s going nuts. As he tries to solve his mother’s death, Luke discovers a secret more horrifying than any nightmare.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.2
Text Type Fiction—Paranormal
BISACS YAF021000, YAF026000, YAF045000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 560
Guided Reading Level W
ATOS Reading Level 4.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 138508
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed


The ALAN Review

“The excerpt from Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ that opens The Protectors is astutely chosen. Beyond the dark, macabre content that fills the tale, Karlsson weaves a story that is highly readable in one sitting—a quality Poe would appreciate—and a narrative fabric that finds its heritage in Poe’s accounts of ratiocination, horror, and the grotesque.” —The ALAN Review

Library Media Connection

“These short horror stories are set in the town of Bridgewater, where things are never quite what they seem. The stories are uniformly creepy and full of spirits and demons, as good rises up to fight evil. One title is about a boy who works in a funeral home and receives messages from the dead; another about a girl who travels to a dream world to rescue her best friend; and the third is about a boy who is possessed by a demon. Younger fans of horror might enjoy these stories, but I found them more vaguely unpleasant than truly scary.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“A high-interest, modern-day horror series…. Each short book delivers an entertaining horrific tale, leaving appreciative readers gasping for breath.” —School Library Journal


“the goings-on in the lonely funeral home are effectively eerie, and the details of cadaver restoration and embalming give the novel a believable (if kinda icky) edge. If your teens dig this, try the other books in the Night Fall series, all of which take place in the unlucky town of Bridgewater.” —Booklist

Author: Val Karlsson